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The following is the second summary of the main stories offered by the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.

(2nd LD) Ruling party rejects former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon’s call for presidential primary results

SEOUL – The ruling Democratic Party (DP) on Wednesday rejected former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon’s appeal for the results of the presidential primaries, confirming Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung as presidential candidate.

The DP party affairs committee, the highest decision-making body, met after primary runner-up Lee Nak-yon asked the panel to meet to consider whether the votes were counted according to electoral rules party.

(LEAD) Growth in bank lending to households accelerates in September despite tightening of lending rules

SEOUL – Household loans from South Korean banks grew at a faster pace in September compared to the previous month despite tightened government controls on lending, central bank data showed on Wednesday.

According to the Bank of Korea (BOK), outstanding household bank loans stood at 1,052.7 trillion won ($ 877.9 billion) at the end of September, up 6.5 trillion won per year. compared to the previous month.

(LEAD) Panel calls for stronger protection for victims of sexual abuse in the military

SEOUL — A government-civilian panel tasked with improving human rights conditions in the military on Wednesday proposed a package of measures to better protect victims of sexual abuse in barracks and prevent them from further harm .

At the end of its month-long review, the panel made up of civilian experts and government and military officials presented 73 recommendations, including measures to eradicate sex crimes in the military.

(LEAD) “Squid Game” Becomes “Greatest Netflix Series of All Time”

SEOUL – The hit Korean-language drama series “Squid Game” has become Netflix’s most popular original content, the US streaming giant said Wednesday.

Netflix said the dystopian series was viewed by more than 111 million accounts in the first 27 days since its launch on September 17. Release.

(LEAD) New cases remain in thousands for 5th day amid signs of slowing

SEOUL – South Korea’s daily new COVID-19 cases remained in the 1,000 for the fifth day in a row on Wednesday with signs of a slight drop in weekly infections.

The country added 1,584 more cases of COVID-19, including 1,571 local infections, bringing the total number of cases to 335,742, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

Delta variant cases account for almost all new variant cases in South Korea

SEOUL – South Korea has confirmed 3,405 additional cases of four major contagious variants of the novel coronavirus over the past week, including 3,401 of the highly transmissible delta variant, health officials said on Wednesday.

New cases of delta variants accounted for 99.9% of new cases of variants reported last week, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

Kim’s portrait t-shirt first appears at public event in North Korea

SEOUL – A t-shirt with a printed portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was first spotted at a public event in Pyongyang, state media showed, as the reclusive regime seeks to revive the image of a “normal state.”

According to images released on Tuesday by the official North Korean Central TV channel, a conductor was dressed in a white t-shirt with Kim’s face printed in black and white on the front at an exhibition on the defense the day before.

(LEAD) Seoul stocks rebound on tech, auto gains

SEOUL – South Korean stocks rose nearly 1% on Wednesday as investors looked to buy oversold stocks, such as tech and auto stocks, after falling sharply in the previous session. The Korean won appreciated against the US dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 28.03 points, or 0.96%, to close at 2,944.41 points.



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